The nanny state describes the tendency of liberal politicians to enact policies that make economic and health decisions for citizens. It is a Democrat method of solving society's problems by putting the government in control of the people. Essentially, the government becomes the decision maker as the person who knows what is in your best interest. It removes responsibility from individuals and parents and promotes irresponsibility and dependence.
Not every nanny state style policy seems like a bad idea, and arguments can be made for the state intervening to stop for instance the insane from taking their own lives. All but the most radical of Libertarians recognize that the state has some responsibility to prevent children for marrying too young or to prevent the use of hard drugs. The great difficulty that a conservative world view helps us to deal with is keeping the nanny state impulse from getting out of control. As more and more nanny state policies are enacted it becomes legitimately in the states best interest and part of the states purview to enact more and more legislation that infringes on our liberties. Reducing the costs of the National Health Service has lead to British interference with diets and needle exchange programs.
- Hillary Clinton once quipped, "It takes a village [aka government] to raise a kid." In a normal society, however, it takes only a mother and a father.
- Michelle Obama once compared the American people to children who need the government to take care of them – she said the Obama Administration was like "the responsible parent, the one who told you to eat your carrots and go to bed on time," and she criticized the Trump Administration for not acting like a nanny.
- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's May 2012 proposal to restrict the sale of soft drinks in venues, restaurants and sidewalk carts to 16 ounces.
- Having government, rather than parents, watch the nutrition of children.
- Helmet laws.
- Universal healthcare for 300 million so that 45 million uninsured citizens will have medical coverage (see ObamaCare)
- In the United Kingdom and European Union, the government pays for advertisements about healthy eating, including encouragements to drink more milk. In 2020, the UK government moved to restrict promotions of "unhealthy" foods.
- In 2011, the Welsh government mandated fire sprinklers in all new houses, regardless of the wishes of the builders or owners.
- In Norway, the media saw it as unusual and "unorthodox" when a health minister stated she supported allowing citizens to have the freedom to eat, drink, and smoke as much as they wanted to, rather than being legally required to only do a certain amount. States and cities in the U.S. have attempted to regulate how much soda one can drink, and the UK worked to ban foods with a certain amount of sugar. Additionally, liberals want to restrict access to red meat and some want to eventually make vegetarianism mandatory.
- In Connecticut in 2019, the legislature found it necessary to pass a law to allow schoolchildren to self-apply sunscreen before going outside for recess.
- Socialist and totalitarian "morality guidelines" such as those pushed by China.
Quotes about the Nanny State
- "Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone."—Frederic Bastiat
- "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy…"—Alexander Fraser Tytler, Scottish lawyer and writer, 1770
- "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." – C. S. Lewis
- Multiple references:
- Earl, Jennifer (April 6, 2018). Michelle Obama calls Barack the 'good parent,' slams Trump supporters for going 'fun' route. Fox News. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
- Nolte, John (April 27, 2018). Michelle Obama Mocks Trump: My Husband Was the ‘Good Parent’. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
- Cummings, Williams (April 6, 2018). Michelle Obama says Barack was like the 'good parent,' calls Trump the 'other parent'. USA Today. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
- Bowden, John (April 6, 2018). Michelle Obama: My husband was 'the good parent' compared to Trump. The Hill. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
- Michael Grynbaum, New York Plans to Ban Sale of Big Sizes of Sugary Drinks, https://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/31/nyregion/bloomberg-plans-a-ban-on-large-sugared-drinks.html, Accessed 27 March 2014, New York Times, May 31, 2012, "The measures have led to occasional derision of the mayor as Nanny Bloomberg, by those who view the restrictions as infringements on personal freedom."
- Newman, Alex (November 24, 2019). Democrats Propose Keeping Kids at School Until 6 P.M. The New American. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
- Huston, Warner Todd (May 12, 2017). Ex-FLOTUS Michelle Obama: Trump Wants to Feed ‘Crap’ to Your Kids. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
- Tennant, Michael (December 28, 2020). British Government Announces Ban on Certain Promotions of “Unhealthy” Foods. The New American. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
- Terrell, Rebecca (May 7, 2019). Forced Vaccinations: Is It Time for Big Brother to Become Your Doctor? The New American. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
- Duke, Selwyn (May 8, 2019). Tolerant Big Brother: Let People Drink, Smoke, and Eat Red Meat, Says Health Minister. The New American. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
- Friedman, Victoria (August 16, 2019). Nanny State: ‘Orwellian’ War on Sugar Could Spell the End of Traditional British Sweets. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
- Multiple references:
- Murphy, James (August 16, 2019). The War Against Meat: Climate Hysterics Push Cigarette-style “Sin Tax” on Red Meat. The New American. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
- Tennant, Michael (August 13, 2019). British University Bans Beef to Battle Global Warming. The New American. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
- Murphy, James (August 10, 2019). UN Report Urges People Eat Less Meat to Protect the Climate. The New American. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
- Felten, Eric (October 31, 2019). The road to mandatory vegetarianism. Washington Examiner. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
- Bill advances, allows students to self-apply sunscreen. Associated Press. June 4, 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
- Multiple references:
- Leon, Melissa (October 30, 2019). China releases controversial 'morality' guidelines. Fox News. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
- Wolverton, Joe (November 1, 2019). Xi Jinping: Chinese Must Embrace Communist Dream and Hand Down the "Red Gene". The New American. Retrieved November 1, 2019.